1) Alf Landon - 1936
poll of rich Americans showed Landon winning in a landslide. Unfortunately for Republicans, poor people got to vote too.
2) Bob Dole - 1996
Got the nomination because he was Next In Line even though he was an unlikeable person. Had to fight for it against a radical Catholic extremist (Pat Buchanan) so by the time he got nominated he was considered too liberal for Republicans and too conservative for everybody else. The 2012 contest is looking like a clone of this election except Dole was so old he looked like a reanimated corpse while Romney looks like a poorly maintained robot.
2.5) Mitt Romney - 2012
3) Wendell Wilkie - 1940
|Republicans hated the FLOTUS too|
4) Barry Goldwater - 1964
I'm sorry, I was wrong. By today's standards Barry Goldwater would be a mainstream Republican.
5) Thomas Dewey - 1948
Dewey ran the most content free campaign in history. His statement that "our rivers are full of fish" is reminiscent of Mitt Romney "the trees are the right height" platform. Truman won easily.